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The Death of Ivan Ilych

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affectation
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I consider it an affectation to say that my grief prevents my attending to practical affairs.
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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amiable
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who had suddenly become particularly amiable and friendly to him
amiable = friendly, agreeable, and likable
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astute
1 use
he had a capacity for cards, played good-humouredly, and calculated rapidly and astutely, so that he usually won.
astutely = with intelligence and perceptiveness
DefinitionGenerally astute means:
smart and perceptive
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cease
13 uses
She began to wish he would die; yet she did not want him to die because then his salary would cease.
cease = stop
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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colleague
10 uses
And his colleagues and subordinates would see with surprise and distress that he, the brilliant and subtle judge, was becoming confused and making mistakes.
colleagues = fellow workers — especially in a respected profession such as teaching, medicine, or law
DefinitionGenerally colleague means:
fellow worker — especially in a respected profession such as teaching, medicine, or law
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dissent
1 use
only one son was left, a schoolboy and a subject of dissension.
dissension = disagreement

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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establish
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Ivan Ilych now spent most of his time in attempting to re-establish that old current.†
re-establish = restore

(Editor's note:  The prefix "re-" in re-establish means again. This is the same pattern you see in words like reconsider, rearrange, and regenerate.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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florid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
florid color
When Ivan Ilych came home and entered his study he found his brother-in-law there — a healthy, florid man...
florid = with a healthy reddish complexion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of florid means:
a reddish color — (especially about someone's complexion or in various medical contexts)
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impervious
1 use
His wife became more and more querulous and ill-tempered, but the attitude Ivan Ilych had adopted towards his home life rendered him almost impervious to her grumbling.
impervious = not capable of being affected by
DefinitionGenerally impervious means:
not admitting passage through; or not capable of being affected
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inevitable
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And the inevitable end of it all became more and more terrible.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
"Please don't raise any objections. I am doing this for my own sake," she said ironically, letting it be felt that she was doing it all for his sake and only said this to leave him no right to refuse.
ironically = saying one thing, while meaning the opposite
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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morose
2 uses
He looked morosely at her.
morosely = unhappily
DefinitionGenerally morose means:
unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
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punctilious
1 use
In official matters, despite his youth and taste for frivolous gaiety, he was exceedingly reserved, punctilious, and even severe; but in society he was often amusing and witty, and...
punctilious = paying careful attention to details
DefinitionGenerally punctilious means:
paying careful attention to details — especially social conventions
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querulous
2 uses
His wife became more and more querulous and ill-tempered
querulous = habitually complaining
DefinitionGenerally querulous means:
habitually complaining — especially in a high-pitched whiny voice
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resolute
2 uses
A vigorous, resolute Church Reader ... was reading something in a loud voice with an expression that precluded any contradiction.
resolute = firm in belief
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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superfluous
2 uses
various superfluous institutions
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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timorous
1 use
In his former position it had been pleasant to ... pass through the crowd of petitioners and officials who were timorously awaiting an audience with the governor, and who envied him as with free and easy gait he went straight into his chief's private room to...
timorously = timidly
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
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torment
7 uses
What tormented Ivan Ilych most was the deception, the lie, which for some reason they all accepted, that he was not dying
tormented = caused great mental suffering
DefinitionGenerally torment means:
to cause or to experience great mental or physical suffering
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virtuoso
2 uses
with the feelings of a virtuoso — one of the first violins who has played his part in an orchestra with precision
virtuoso = someone who is spectacularly skilled in a particular field
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vivacious
2 uses
the sparkle of her vivacious eyes
vivacious = engaging liveliness
DefinitionGenerally vivacious means:
having an engaging liveliness — when said of a person, typically said of a female
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